Iowa MBB vs. Penn State Preview/Prediction

January 15, 2010

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Justin VanLaere takes a look at the Iowa Men’s Basketball Team’s game vs. the Penn State Nittany Lions in Carver-Hawkeye Arena in this edition of the VanLaere Vlog.

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Game Info

Penn State (8-8, 0-4) at Iowa (6-11, 0-4)
POMEROY RATINGS: PSU – 99, IOWA – 188
Jan. 16, 2010 • 12:06 p.m. (CST)
Iowa City, IA • Carver-Hawkeye Arena
TV: BTN (HD) • Live Stats: hawkeyesports.com • Satellite Radio: Sirius 91, XM 196
Series Record: IOWA leads 21-11 (Last Meeting, IOWA, 75-67 2OT, March 7, 2009)

Probable Starting Lineups

Penn State
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Statistical Summary
G 12 Talor Battle 6-0 170 Jr. 17.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.6 apg, .406 FG%, .709 FT%
G 23 Tim Frazier 6-1 160 Fr. 6.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, .405 FG%, .711 FT%
G 10 Chris Babb 6-5 215 So. 8.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, .375 FG%, .850 FT%
F 15 David Jackson 6-7 210 Jr. 7.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, .472 FG%, .762 FT%
C 54 Andrew Ott 6-10 240 Jr. 3.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.3 spg, .559 FG%, .679 FT%

Iowa Hawkeyes
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr. Statistical Summary
G 3 Cully Payne 6-1 190 Fr. 8.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, .387 FG%, .688 FT%
G 5 Matt Gatens 6-5 215 So. 12.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, .388 FG%, .852 FT%
G 25 Eric May 6-5 225 Fr. 9.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, .417 FG%, .681 FT%
F 24 Aaron Fuller 6-6 230 So. 6.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 0.5 apg, .468 FG%, .633 FT%
C 50 Jarryd Cole 6-7 250 Jr. 8.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.5 apg, .598 FG%, .610 FT%

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VanLaere Notes

** Note on the video:  Talor Battle is averaging 14 PPG in conf and NINETEEN (not NINE) in out of conference games. **

Aaron Fuller is coming off his best game as an Iowa Hawkeye, however Penn State will have taller interior players than did Tennessee State.  Aaron will need to be a little more resourceful down low in this one.  That said, I was extremely impressed with Fuller last time out.

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Matt Gatens incurred a foot injury in the previous game, Iowa fans hope that the injury isn’t a nagging on and won’t limit his game.

Cully Payne will have his hands full with Talor Battle.  His main objective needs to be to prevent Battle from getting on a roll and rallying his team behind him.

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While Penn State is 2nd in the Big Ten in scoring defense, that’s mainly because of the limited amount of possessions that are allowed in their games.  The Nittany Lions are not a team that gets turnovers or blocks shots.  Iowa perimeter offense will be able to get its looks.

PREDICTION: Iowa finds a way in a low scoring, hard fought game between two of the lower tier teams in the Big Ten. Iowa 59,  Penn State 57

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